When LSU officials negotiated contracts with Nick Saban and Les Miles, they included incentives for winning national championships — specifically, significant salary increases that would make them the highest paid coach in the country or within the top three highest paid coach in the SEC, respectively.
However, these contracts contain one glaring flaw: they do not decrease the salary for losing games due to coaching blunders or a poor game plan. (See Alabama 21-0).
While the board of supervisors will decide in December whether to raise ticket prices due to increasing cost for the athletic department, there are cost-cutting measures that have not been considered. Sorry to say that a coach who wins a national championship is not deserving of an astronomical salary while slowly transforming into a mediocre coach.
According to your article in the Oct 26 edition, Joe Alleva stated the department will be about $2 million in the red next year without an increase. I believe LSU can save $2 million a year if the coach’s salary reflects the current performance rating. Bottom line, performance ratings should be dynamic and contracts should have language in place to base salary on current performance. Board member Rolfe McCollister said no matter how much tickets increase, fans will still show up for the games.
Not so fast, my friend. I’ve been a season ticket holder since 1988. I moved to Dallas 10 years ago and said I would move back to Baton Rouge if it meant I wouldn’t be able to make the games. Well, I am giving up my tickets next year. This past Saturday was the first time in 3 decades that I didn’t watch, listen or read about the game. I am not even interested in knowing the score. Some may be wise to consider that it’s possible the lights may be on Saturday night in Death Valley, but everybody’s home.